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Working Hours

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the average number of hours worked in the United Kingdom by people who work more than 48 hours in a week. [HL3572]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, Director of Macroeconomics and Labour Market, to Lord Leach of Fairford, dated 9 May 2007, in the absence of the National Statistician.

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the average number of hours worked in the United Kingdom by people in employment who work more than 48 hours per week. I am replying in her absence. (HL3572)

The estimate of the average number of hours of people in employment who usually work more than 48 hours per week is 56.7 hours, for the three months ending December 2006. This estimate includes both paid and unpaid overtime and is not seasonally adjusted.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.